Gun convict gets bail pending appeal

The Court of Appeal on Friday granted $10,000 cash bail to an American businessman sentenced to one year in prison for possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition, pending an appeal against his sentence.

Ronald Moorehead Jr.’s lawyer, Christina Galanos, filed an urgent bail application because Moorehead has a severe case of type 1 diabetes, which requires constant monitoring.

Doan Cleare, commissioner at the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services, swore an affidavit stating that the prison did not have the resources or manpower to properly manage Moorehead’s condition.

Due to Moorehead’s exceptional circumstances, he was housed in the prison’s sick bay and allowed to keep his cellphone, which controls his Omnipod insulin pump. If Moorehead’s levels drop too low while sleeping, the phone sounds an alert, and some needs to be on hand to administrate the correct amount of sugar to bring him out of shock, according to the affidavit.

Acting Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Franklyn Williams did not oppose the application for bail pending appeal.

However, the Justices of Appeal noted that Moorehead’s case was an “exceptional one” and that an illness was not a “get out of jail free card”.

Under the terms of his bail, Moorehead had to surrender his passport. Nonetheless, he is allowed to leave the jurisdiction on the undertaking that he returns for the prosecution of his appeal.

Police, on June 21, arrested Moorehead at Leonard Thompson International Airport in Marsh Harbour, Abaco, after security screeners found a .380 Keltec pistol and five rounds of ammunition in his luggage before he boarded a flight to return to Georgia.

Moorehead is licensed to possess the pistol and the ammunition in the United States.

The following day, Senior Magistrate Ancella Evans imposed a one-year prison sentence following a guilty plea.

Moorehead did not have a lawyer at the arraignment. His family retained Galanos following his conviction and sentencing.

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Artesia Davis

Artesia primarily covers court stories, but she also writes extensively about crime.

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